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so far it's been quiet but capitol hill is big, kyra. we'll be taking a look to see how things develop throughout the day. >> all right. we'll stay in touch, kate. thanks. that does it for us. we'll be back tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. suzanne malveaux ready to kick things off. happy tuesday. >> happy tuesday. thanks, kyra. i'm suzanne malveaux. i want to get you up to speed for this tuesday, december 6th. the future of europe's economy is now in jeopardy. today a stern warning that something has to happen fast to actually save it. the credit rating agency standard & poor's says it may down grade 15 european countries unless there is strong action to fix the debt crisis there. well, right now on wall street, what are we watching here? traders closely watching how european heeders are taking on this challenge. the dow is currently up by 38 points. going to take a hard look at what this means for your finances as well as your retirement.
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what are we watching here? suicide bombers struck two cities in afghanistan today killing at least 58 people. the deadliest attack happened in kabul as worshippers marked a shiite holy day. the taliban suggests nato was behind the attacks to stir distrust between the sunni majority in afghanistan and the shiites. u.s. officials are now confirming a drone that crashed in eiran last week was on a reconnaissance mission involving both the cia and the military. now iran says it shot down the drone, but american officials say that the crew lost control of the aircraft as it drifted into iranian airspace. the sentinel drone, what does this mean? it has some of the most advanced stealth and surveillance technology in the u.s. arsenal now in iranian hands. a sentencing hearing is getting under way in chicago. right now rod blagojevich expected to last two days.
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prosecutors want the judge to give the impreached illinois governor at least 15 years in prison. >> i think the people of illinois do want to hear an apology from him and lots of experts are saying that's what he needs to do. he needs to step up to the plate today and actually one of his chief lawyers told "the sun times" today that he will step up to the plate. >> you may recall a jury convicted blagojevich on corruption charges including trying to sell the senate seat held by president obama. well, there is an unusual blast of early winter weather in new mexico. it's making the commute there to work pretty tough. parts of the state got hit with up to a foot of snow. officials are now working to reopen the interstates and other major roads and a winter storm warning is in effect. >> really slippery. as long as you go slow, it's okay.
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>> bp claims that halliburton destroyed evidence related to last year's oil disaster in the gulf of mexico. so bp is making an allegation in a court filing. the company is now suing halliburton, a contractor on the deep water high eye done water rig. they say the seal halliburton put on the rig was defective and led to the disaster. the halliburton spokesperson says bp's allegation that it destroyed evidence is without merit. well, at this hour, more than 100,000 porn sites are going live with the xxx name. internet regulators came up with this to make porn sites identified easier and for those not interested to avoid altogether. the millionaire, entrepreneur and real itty tv
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star, now donald trump having a direct impact on the presidential race though he's not even a candidate. carol kocostello joins us from w york with today's "talkback question." we've been talking about trump throughout this whole campaign, all year now. i mean, he's not even a candidate. >> i know. we're exploring this question. why is mr. trump so relevant during this campaign? mr. trump, the donald, reality show star, rich real estate guy, republ republican kingmaker or so it seems? newt gingrich seemingly in an effort to cement his lead had a p 0 o with wwow with trump like bachmann, perry, romney and cain before him. >> donald trump is a great showman. he's also a great businessman f. we're trying to figure out how to create jobs, one of the differences between my party and the other party is we actually go to people who know how to create jobs to figure out how to create jobs. >> reporter: oh, but mr. trump creates buzz, too. back when he was testing the
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presidential waters he turned birther intimating president obama was not american born and wasn't so smart either. >> the word is, according to what i've read, that he was a terrible student. he gets to columbia. i heard at columbia, wasn't a very good student. he then gets to harvard. how do you get into harvard if you're not a good student? >> reporter: well, thanks to mr. trump, mr. obama did become the first president to show the nation his birth certificate. later this month, trump is set to moderate aa debate and that has republicans irate. ari fleischer says it's a joke. >> presidential politics should be about things that are serious. they should not gravitate to the most entertainment level and that's what it will be if you put a third party showman like donald trump as a moderator.
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>> so the talk back question for you today, why do some republicans feel the need to kiss donald trump's ring? facebook.com/carolcnn. i'll read your comments later this hour. >> it's interesting, because he was discredited when the white house correspondents association, the president slammed him for all this misinformation. you and i both interviewed hip. he doesn't have a lot of credibility on the issues he's presented. it's fascinating that he is still such a viable, important part of the republican campaign. >> well, i think the thing is he appeals to a very small segment of the republican party. that would be the conservative tea party people, and that's who newt gingrich really needs in order to win the primary. >> all right. thank you, carol. we'll see how it goes. first, saving the euro. how it could throw a wrench into our fragile economic recovery. and then, can anybody stop
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newt gingrich? he is way ahead of the pack in iowa. very important. but now everybody is taking aim at him. and say hello now to our planet's twin sister. this is so cool. intriguing details about the new planet that is just like ours. plus, a cnn in-depth, a combination of modern medicine and american living. working wondering now on a 5-year-old iraqi boy who was set on fire. and, listen to this -- >> here is your challenge. 160 combinations of numbers and letters and a countdown clock. you have just a few days to your deadline. >> all right. that can make you the new 007 if you've got a head for math. [ men grunting ]
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well, it's an ocean away but what's going on in europe could have a dramatic effect on the american economy. and on your own personal finances. leaders of the european union are meeting now to take on a massive challenge here. we are talking saving the euro. while the stakes are already sky high, the standard & poor's just upped the ante by threatening to down grade in the next 90 days f. europe doesn't come up with some answers and good answers fast for the debt crisis this could all go very bad. ali velshi and christine romans. >> we love to be introduced like that. >> fix this for us. you look at what's happening overseas and a lot of people
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think how does this impact me directly? but this could undermine our recovery here in the united states. >> people often say how does it affect my credit card, my mortgage? more importantly, if europe were to fail, we could go back to the stone ages. this is the biggest client in the world for us. they're the same size as amer a america. the eurozone is the say as the american economy. >> if it goes into a recession or worse, some say the worst case scenario is even worse for the region, that means american factories close. look at the headwind. imagine the headwind if the american economy -- we're just starting to have a hiring pickup, just starting to see markets showing more stability. >> just start to go see people go shopping. >> how much time do we have about of it all comes back? >> this s&p downgrade thing doesn't mat thor all that much largely because we already know europe's a problem. it's like the u.s. downgrade. it wasn't that big a surprise and didn't end up having our
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interest rates spike. if you're greece it already costs you more than 10% to borrow or italy or portugal higher than that. i'm not too concerned about the deadlines as i am with respect to they're running out of options and they need to fix it. >> a famous economist who has studied crises told me to think of it this way. 17 extended family members all sharing the same checkbook and your cousin's wife's brother doesn't necessarily have the same kind of personal financial outlook that you do, and that's what they're fighting over. >> that's exactly right. >> slightly related but not entire entirely. people spend, save, and deal with credit differently. >> angela merkel, what does she need to do? we have our own tim geithner who is there, the treasury secretary. we have a dog in this fight. >> sure we do. so the germans are the strongest economy in europe. they're efficient. they don't have problems of low retirement ages and things that are inefficient so the germans would like all of europe to come along and do what they do with
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their economy. they've want that had for decades and it hasn't happened. now they're being called upon to bail out the rest of europe so here is the tension. she knows what she has to do but germans will find that unsettling the same way americans don't want our government bailing out what we call fat cats who are irresponsible. the germans sort of see the rest of europe like that. >> you have germany, this big, dynamic economy, but some of those cousins' wives, they'll never be a germany. they don't have the infrastructure, the natural resources, the ability to be like germany. so that will always be a friction. >> so could it happen that we actually end up bailing out some of these economies in europe? >> not financially, no. >> we won't? >> we'll have to do everything we can -- >> they're too big to bail out. >> we need to solve our problems here in the u.s., but it's very important to us that europe does well. anybody sitting here watching who doesn't think this is of concern, it's of major concern to you that europe gets its house in order so that our nice
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and slow economy gets better. >> there are things we can do in the banking system that aren't bailouts but the fed and the european central bank -- we saw this recently. they all came together and said we're going to make the cost of borrowing dollars cheaper so we don't have a banking crisis because that's the last thing we need in the world, too. there are things to show confidence. the fed can do. not our politicians. they have done that. this is a europe story that they have to fix that if they don't it will mean something for every american family. >> we talked about it before, give me the bottom line to your book. >> we are going to be here at cnn center. if you're in new york or atlanta and you know people in atlanta, they can come and talk to us. we will take pictures and talk about the economy but why we love meeting people is they give us neat ideas. we fight about money. we have been for ten years. >> the money couple. >> we fight about these things all the time so we wrote a book. we want to hear what people are thinking about and tell us what
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they thought about the book so the next time we'll do it better. >> it's called "how to speak money." >> i've been reading it. it's a great read. you have to sign my copy. >> don't worry. >> thanks again. president obama says it's make or break time for the middle class. he is in kansas today to -- for a speech on the economy. it is the same place where more than 100 years ago teddy roosevelt said every american gets a fair chance at success. so president obama is expected to echo that idea today. we'll bring that speech to you live, 2:00 p.m. eastern on the cnn newsroom. newt gingrich keeps rising to the top of the presidential pack. he calls himself the new newt. but will the new newt be enough to keep the same old critics at bay?
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presidential candidate newt gingrich seems to have iowa in the bag at least for now if you believe those polls. the iowa caucus is only four weeks away now. 33% of likely voters in the iowa republican caucus have chosen gingrich as their party's nominee. now that is according to an abc/"washington post" poll.
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romney and paul tied at 18%. rick perry 11%. more on the former house speaker's rise from what started as a very slow campaign. >> reporter: at a news conference in new york, newt gingrich insisted he can go toe to toe with mitt romney in a 50 state battle for the nomination even with a much smaller operation. >> we have all these articles about how businesses are getting leaner, how they are flattening their hierarchies, how they are doing all sorts of things. people work from home. you have virtual organizations and all these cutting edge ideas and then a group of consultants who have to be slow, cumbersome and expensive. he is is a genuine american icon in his own right. why wouldn't you want to come and hang out with him? >> reporter: part of the plan included a visit with donald trump who has had enough meetings to host a presidential apprentice reality show. >> being true to our faith --
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eshs. >> reporter: but the new ad that's drawing comparisons to reagan's iconic morning in america spot. the message is also eerily similar to "yes, we can." >> yes, working together, we can and will rebuild the america we love. >> reporter: team obama is sitting up and taking notice with gingrich surging to the top of the "des moines register" poll. >> a lot of people inside and outside the beltway woke up today to a very different political environment and one in which newt gingrich is very much for real. >> reporter: democrats seem all too eager to face gingrich. in an interview with the blog talking points memo, nancy pelosi hinted she may dredge up the congressional investigations. i know a lot about him, pelosi said. i served on the investigative committee that investigated him. four of us locked in a room in an undisclosed location for a year. a thousand pages of his stuff. >> i want to thank speaker
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pelosi for what i regard as an early christmas fwift. >> reporter: gingrich responded the house should act to repudiate comments accusing her of using her office to damage his candidacy. >> we don't always see eye to eye, do we, newt? >> no. >> reporter: it's a sign they aren't as chummy as their days battling climate change in this ad. >> we turned over a million pages of material. we had a huge report. the total 83 charges were repudiated as false. the one mistake we made was a letter written by a lawyer that i didn't read carefully. >> reporter: liberal occupy wall street protesters are also champing at the bit after gingrich told them to take a bath. >> newt gingrich has grown filthy rich and selling our government to the highest corporate bidder. >> reporter: even some republicans have their doubts. >> he did a wonderful job in organizing that. he's brilliant. he has lots of positives but i still -- i will have it
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difficulty supporting him as president of the united states. >> so jim acosta is joining us from washington. you have this back and forth between the former speakers, if you will. so how is pelosi responding to gingrich's reaction? he says, hey, this is an early christmas gift. >> reporter: well, late yesterday, suzanne, after gingrich made the comments at the news conference, her office put out a statement basically saying that the former speaker was only -- and we're talking about nancy pelosi -- was only talking about the stuff that's already out there. let me show you this statement. it is from a spokesman saying leader pelosi was clearly referring to the extensive amount of information that is in the public record including the comprehensive committee report with which the public may not be fully aware. and just for a little bit of perspective on that committee report, suzanne, i went and read it last night, went and looked at it last night, it's 128 pages. if you look at speaker pelosi's
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original comment about going back to the gingrich vault, she talks about 1,000 pages. she's clearly talking about opening up the vault, going back to those golden oldies of newt gingrich's time as leader and seeing what can be unearthed. >> all right, jim, thank you. taking a look at some of the stories and video that caught our attention today. three people were injured in a -- when a car slammed into a san diego-area restaurant. that's right, a restaurant. now before we show you that video, i want you to know police say these guys are all okay. it's remarkable. just take a look. at least two of them were hit head-on friday. the driver pretty shaken up by all of this. she accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake into the restaurant. wow. to suburban denver where this buddhist temple was destroyed in a massive fire. at one point yesterday the firefighters were ripping down the walls trying to get these gold, bronze, ivory buddha
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statues in danger of burning, out. one monk suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation. in southern ohio two teens had to climb onto the roof of their jeep when they got trapped in a raging flood. they tracked them down yesterday using the phone's gps. a new planet, wow. i'm excited. this is really so fascinating. there could be other planets like ours, life elsewhere. >> yes. >> what are they talking about? >> they have used this telescope in space. it doesn't have to worry about all the pollution that a ground based telescope is looking through. it's out there looking through clean air and 600 light years away it found a star. it found a planet two and a half times bigger than the earth but
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in the goldilocks area. not too hot, not too cold, just right. if it's too cold like neptune, it would be too cold to have water, liquid water. mercury and venus it would be too warm because it would be steam. but somewhere in the middle they found this beautiful planet and gave it a great name. kepler 22-b. that's our earth's rotation,. it is slightly smaller than our sun. slightly cooler than our sun but the same type of class. the same type of sun. and then they found this planet rotating around it almost the exact same distance away. we take 365 days to go around, this takes 290 days to go around so it's almost the exact perfect spot. they have 54 more planets they have to look at as well.
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600 light years away. even the light we see is 600 years old but they can estimate that the temperature on this planet is 72 degrees. now that to me sounds like san diego. if i can get there, i love san diego. you don't have to worry about snow there. 290 days. this is the first. this is the big announcement yesterday. this is the first of many, many more announcements that nasa will have. we're going to have hundreds if not thousands of these earth like planets now that we have kep kepler up and running. >> that's a long, long time. >> i'm afraid it would take a long to get 600 light years. >> sounds like a great place. we're going to go in-depth on iraq and reintroep deuce to you a very special little boy. >> i'm doing soccer things and
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practice. >> youssif came to the united states for burn treatment. we'll have his latest on the progress he is making up next. [ sniffs ] i have a cold. [ sniffs ] i took dayquil but my nose is still runny. [ male announcer ] truth is, dayquil doesn't treat that. really? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus fights your worst cold symptoms, plus it relieves your runny nose. [ deep breath] awesome. [ male announcer ] yes, it is. that's the cold truth!
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a run down of some of the stories we're working on. the progress of a 5-year-old boy who was doused with gasoline, set on fire in iraq. then, as we approach the deadline for congress to extend
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the payroll tax cuts, the president is reminding republicans to stick to their word. and later, unusual job requirement to become a british spy. crack a code posted on line. the closing days of the iraq war, 170 soldiers returned to washington state. that will happen early this evening. american troops are leaving iraq by planeload every day now. now this group came home to family at ft. hood, texas, on sunday. 25 days from now. all u.s. troops are supposed to be home except for the marines who will guard the u.s. embassy. in 2007 we brought you this unforgettable story about a 5-year-old whose name is youssif. masked men poured gasoline over him and set him on fire.
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youssif came to the u.s. for help. arwa damon caught up with that story. she caught up with him at home in los angeles. very much an american kid. his story on contraction cnn in-depth." >> reporter: now 9, it's hard to believe that this is the same youssif we met in baghdad four years ago. there's no trace of the sullen, withdrawn and angry boy he once was. no trace of the boy who could only speak a few words of english. >> i'm still making it. i'm doing like soccer and practice. i never used to do that in my country. >> reporter: why didn't you do it in your country? >> because it was kind of dangerous there. >> reporter: do you remember that day when those guys attacked you? >> no. >> reporter: he used to. this was youssif just 5 years
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old at the time. he was attacked by masked men right in front of his home in early january 2007. >> they poured gasoline. >> reporter: his family begged for help, desperate to see their boy smile again, a plea heard around the world. cnn viewers donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the children's burn foundation based in los angeles that took on his case. today youssif's mental recovery has outpaced his physical one. he will be needing more surgeries, we don't know for how many years, but says his looks no longer bother him. >> i kind of don't really. because none of my friends make fun of me. >> reporter: he even received a citizenship award at school given to students who are nice to others.
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>> once a kid got hurt and i helped him. he got hurt here, like he started bleed iing. i took him to the office and they helped him put ice -- an ice pack on it. >> reporter: and when you saw that this kid was hurt, what made you want to help him? >> because he was, like, my friend and i cared about him. >> reporter: do you think it's because you got hurt once? >> yeah. >> my turn again. >> reporter: but life in the u.s. has not been easy for this iraqi family soon to become american citizens. along with a younger sister, youssif now has a 2 year year brother. his surgeries are covered by the california state children's services as for other children who live in california but the family has to make ends meet on their father's security guard salary of $9 an hour plus
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welfare and food stamps. where do you guys sleep? >> we sleep over there. >> reporter: you sleep here on the ground? >> yes. >> reporter: and you sleep here? >> yeah. >> reporter: the family has had a pretty tough time despite the fact they're very grateful to everyone, for everything that has transpired since they came to america, since being in iraq. it hasn't been entirely easy for them and there's, of course, financial difficulties as well and so he was showing us, they sleep on the floor. there's two levels of carpeting and then these flimsy blankets. and the family is desperately home sick. despite all of youssif's friends. so do you want to go back to iraq? >> kind of, yeah.
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>> reporter: why? >> i miss everyone that i knew there. >> reporter: but aren't you scared the same thing could happen to you? >> yeah. >> reporter: and it very easily could. when you talk to your family, what do they tell you about the situation there? obviously we're still not showing your face on camera. >> it's still not safe. it's not safe. sometimes i tell them i wish i could visit they say, no. you cannot come. >> reporter: with u.s. troops leaving, they do worry iraq may never be safe enough for them to go back home. >> i have to go higher. >> arwa damon joins us live from baghdad. arwa, first of all, just an amazing story, an amazing job that you've done and youssif and his family it seems it was yesterday since you introduced us to that little boy? what can we do?
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i understand his family is struggling. they're in southern california. what do they need? are there things people can help them out with? >> reporter: there most certainly are, suzanne. they need just about all the help they can get. they're facing the various challenges any immigrant family would be facing trying to just navigate the american system. every single item of furniture in their house has been donated to them by various members of the community. there was an iraqi man who even went so far to donate a car. it's hard to meet on a day-to-day basis. their father, their parents, would love to be able to at least upgrade to a two-bedroom. the kids talk about how they just want their own room to be able to put stuff up on the walls. it's been tough for them. difficult for his father who doesn't have much of an education to get the kind of job especially during these economic tough times that would allow him
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to give his family the kind of life he so desperately wishes he could. >> is there something cnn viewers can do? a way to actually help them? >> reporter: well, one can reach out to them. they are on twitter right now and they've been getting a lot of support from the community they're in. at this point if people can reach out to them on twitter if they want to directly donate and try to help out the family in that way. >> arwa, thank you, and all the best to youssif and his family. it's a remarkable story of recovery. good job. there are some protesters who are taking part in the occupy wall street movement giving new meaning, right, to the old adam if you can't beat them join them. in their case if you can't pitch a tent, wear it. confused? we're going to explain. or annu. back then, he had something more important to do. he wasn't focused on his future but fortunately, somebody else was.
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occupy clashes over camping gear have gotten intense. some protesters have even resorted to wearing these tents n now. at least one funny moment they chased the police away. jeanne moos has the story. >> reporter: remember when tents used to be something you used to camp out in the wilderness? >> occupy the police car. >> reporter: now they're being pitched on police cars. they've become a symbol of the occupy movement. >> floating tents. >> reporter: but instead of floating, these days they're being dismantled by police.
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that's what everyone thought was going to happen. in melbourne, us a traustralia, marched forward but then what seemed like an oddly random verbal signal rang out. >> space monkeys. >> reporter: protesters, it turned out, were wearing their tents. they were dubbed the tent monsters to occupy melbourne put their antics to music and uploaded them to youtube. ♪ police seemed befuddled. one tent even dropped its pants. one of the officers asked, how did they do it to which a protester replied tape. and then, lo and behold, the police turned around and left with the tents in hot pursuit.
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one website labelled it mock and awe. arguments between police and protesters over tents have at times been intense. for instance at occupy toronto. >> are you going to touch my stuff, sir? do you have a warrant, sir? excuse me, officer. i want a warrant. >> reporter: the only warrant at occupy melbourne should have been from the fashion police. true, tents may not make the most flattering outfits. as one person posted, honey, does this tent make my butt look big? jeanne moos, cnn, new york. all right. so melbourne police did not back down against the so-called tent m monsters the next day, however. in fact, turned into a rather intense confrontation. police actually ripped off the tent off of one woman. video was posted on youtube. she was not really wearing much
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underneath according to the melbourne herald sun. they warned they were structures and would be seized. several of them reportedly took off their tent outfits. this woman refused and ended up being stripped. the occupy wall street movement has a new target today and that is congress. ] turn your world upside down with gillette fusion proglide because you can shave against the grain with comfort. proglide's microcomb guides hair for its thinner blades to cut close effortlessly. gillette fusion proglide. nyquil tylenol: we are?ylenol. you know we're kinda like twins. nyquil (stuffy): yeah, we both relieve coughs, sneezing, aches, fevers. tylenol: and i relieve nasal congestion. nyquil (stuffy): overachiever. anncr vo: tylenol cold multi-symptom nighttime relieves nasal congestion... nyquil cold & flu doesn't. rx plan gives you the lowest plan premium in the country... so you can focus on what really matters. call humana at 1-800-808-4003.
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all right. so it's no longer herman cain the presidential candidate.
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he is citizen cane swept out by scandal. today's punch line shows us why. >> herman cain was on the show. you suspended his campaign. yeah. but he -- [ applause ] . he has asked the secret certificaservice if they could continue to provide him protection at least until his wife cools off. >> now that he's back home, mrs. cain has a huge to-do list for him like clean out the garage and live in it. occupy wall street protesters are converging on capitol hill right now for the occupy congress protests so the president is hitting the road to sell his payroll tax cut. i want to go live to the political desk to talk about all of this stuff. so good to see you. let's start off with president obama. he is heading to kansas right
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now. he's going to talk more about more than the payroll tax cut. >> reporter: that's right, he's heading to kansas and this is being billed as a major economy speech. he is, as you mentioned, going to be pushing congress republicans 30 pass that extension of the payroll tax cuts, pushing them to do that so that taxes don't increase in the new year. but i think the bigger thing here is we're expecting him also to frame his argument that we're going to be hearing throughout the coming year as he battles for re-election and that is basically that he is fighting for the middle class and he will also say, as we've been hearing him say, that republicans are not doing that, that instead they are protecting the wealthy and he thinks americans should have a fair shot, i guess. that's one of the reasons why the white house has chosen kansas. it's no coincidence that this is where president teddy roosevelt
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went to in 1910, so many years ago, to push for what he called new nationalism, this idea of giving people a fair shot when he was trying to urge republicans to get onboard as the president is and so that's really what they're expecting in his address today, suzanne. and tell us a little bit about the occupy congress movement now. they're taking their aim at congress. how is that working? >> reporter: yeah, that's right. it's under way right now, suzanne. we have a number of producers up on capitol hill. this is the take boack the people's house event. from where i stand at the white house normally where you see occupy d.c. protesters is just a couple blocks away in an area called mcpherson square and that's where are we saw a confrontation with police over the weekend where about 31 protesters were arrested. today some of them heading up to capitol hill and according to some of the producers up there they think some of these people aren't the normal occupy d.c. crowd that some of them are older. we know that they've been heading 10 some congressional
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offices. we know they stopped by congressman chris van holland's office and actually talked to him. so far there don't appear to be any problems. we understand some are going to try to stage a sit-in. senator jon kyl's office. we'll be watching that story as it develops throughout the day. >> so far looks peaceful. for the latest political news you know where to go. today's talk back question, why do some republicans feel the need to kiss donald trump's ring? andrew says these candidates think by standing next to someone interesting, they will themselves become interesting. and that's just simply not the case. carol costello is back with are more of your responses. and it's still just the first week of december so what can you guess what percentage of people are already done, done -- we're talk iing done with the holiday shopping? "a," 18%, "b," 28%, "c," 38%, 6,000, 48%. ♪
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the percentage of folks that finish shopping. 38%. people took advantage of the black friday and cyber monday deals. experting are saying stores have to offer more deals now that folks are going to be doing more shopping. amazing, have not done my shopping. we're getting a lot of responses to today's talk back question. everybody has an opinion on the donald. carol is back. >> a lot of people do have an an opinion on the donald. why do some republican candidates feel the need to kiss donald trump's ring? because he has money. i'm sure there's some reason like there's some reason president obama bows to foreign leaders. because if they don't, they form
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ridiculous lies about him. republicans must respond to the donald he's a businessman that draws great attention with his remarks that more often than not are already on the minds of many american people. keep the comments come, facebook.com/carolcnn. i'll be back in 15 minutes. we want you to take a quick look at this code. we'll give you a second or two. think you can you break this? if so, there could be a job waiting for you. [ female announ] the humana walmart-preferred rx plan gives you the lowest plan premium in the country... so you can focus on what really matters. call humana at 1-800-808-4003. [ electronic beeping ] [ male announcer ] still getting dandruff? neutrogena® t/gel shampoo defeats dandruff after just one use. t/gel shampoo. it works. neutrogena®.
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so if you've got a good head for math and you would consider being a british spy. you could have a job if you can crack a coded puzzle on the internet. >> reporter: here's your challenge, 160 combination of numbers and letters. and a countdown clock. if you crack this code, could you be the next real life james bond? >> bond, james bond. >> reporter: maybe not, but if you're a british citizen and you solve this puzzle, you could be recruited for britain's next generation of high tech spies, posted online, publicized on facebook and twitter, put out by the government communications headquarters, britain's version of a national security agency, a an eavesdropping post whose
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mission is to catch terrorists. they once posted job ads inside video games. an official tells us this puzzle has gotten thousands of hits and 50 people have solved it. if you do that, you're congratulated and offered a chance to apply. >> what do you think of this as a recruiting tool? >> it's a great idea. it brings awareness of the need for cryptographers. >> reporter: mark staut is an expert on code cracking in washington and says for people with reasonable math and computer science this code probably isn't too hard. >> what kind of intelligence can you gather by code breaking? >> it can be tremendously valuable because it's one of the rare forms of intelligence that if done properly, if you get access to the right things will give you the enemy's intention, what are they thinking. >> stoudt and other experts say they need cyber warriors more than ever. headquarters want people with an
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interest in ethical hacking, illegal hackers need not apply. marco founded a firm ie digital security. he said sophisticated hackers may find this puzzle gimmicky. >> the thing i would have found interesting to hack the server hosting this challenge and actually change the challenge to have a funny message or some other thing. >> other cyber experts say the code is too easy. >> an official at the british communications head quarter says it's not designed to be difficult but promote awareness of what the agency does. they say if that's the goal, it's worth it to get teenagers and young people excited about potential careers in legitimate cyber espionage. cnn, washington. top of the hour, i'm suzanne malveaux, we want to get you up
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to dau. a holy day for shiite muslims turns deadly in afghanistan. suicide bombers blew up themselves in two afghan cities today, killing at least 58 people and wounding 150 others. authorities say the attacks apparently coordinated were designed to turn shiites against the sunni majority. u.s. officials are now confirming that a drone that crashed in iran last week was on a reconnaissance mission involving both the cia enu.s. military. american officials say the crew lost control of the aircraft as it drifted into iranian air space. the sentinel drone has some of the most advanced stealth and surveillance intelligence in the u.s. arsenal, now in iranian hands. the future of europe's economy is in jeopardy and today
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a stern warning that something has got to happen and happen fast. standard and poor's says it may downgrade 15 european countries unless there's strong action to fix the debt crisis. earlier i spoke to ali velshi and christine romans by why this mats matters to us. >> more importantly than your credit card and mortgage, we could go back to stone ages. this is the biggest client in the world. they are the same size as america, the same size as the u.s. economy. >> trader watching closely how european leaders taking on the challenge. the dow is currently up 41 points. protesting against the government has now spread to russia. that is where people -- you can see there rallying against voting fraud in a major election
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that happened on sunday. check out the video, vladimir putin's party suffered a big hit to the majority in that. the russian opposition leader tells cnn that he was arrested at that rally. newt gingrich keeps rising to the top of the presidential pack, well the iowa caucuses are just four weeks away. there's a new poll that has him at 33% likely voters in iowa republican caucuses voting for him. that is according to abc/"washington post" poll. you have mitt romney and ron paul tied at 18%. rick perry, 11%. there's a sentencing hearing under way in chicago right now for rod blagojevich. it is expected it's going to last two days. prosecutors, want the judge to give the impeached governor at least 15 years in prison.
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>> i think that the people of illinois do want to hear an apology from him. lots of experts are saying, that's what he needs to do, step up to the plate today and actually one of his chief lawyers told the "sun times" that he will step up to the plate. >> so why do they want this? a jury convicted blagojevich on corruption charges, including trying to sell the senate seat that was held by president obama. former president jimmy carter wants to lead delegation to egypt as they hold their critical elections. conservative islamist parties ended up coming out on top of the first round of voting last week. that has israeli officials concerns that the peace deal with egypt could collapse. carter as you recall, helped broker that peace deal between the two countries back in 1979. so now back to today's suicide attacks in afghanistan.
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>> jesus! >> explosions in the capital kabul, killing at least 58 people. our own nick peyton walsh is joining us from kabul. what do we believe is happening there? is this a desperate move by taliban? has anyone taken responsibility for what we have seen in the last 24 hours? >> reporter: interestingry enough, suzanne, what we've heard from the taliban is they've condemned these two attacks. we've just heard the death toll has risen to 56 with 193 injured making it quite easily the deadliest attack to hit the city for a certain number of years. the tightly packed crowd gathered in a very center of kabul near some of the ministries right in the very center, not far from the
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presidential palace, causing significant panic amongst people here. because the insurgency was to blame, they have penetrated the secure center of the city. also, as you say, this is potentially some kind of new sectarian conflict breaking out in a country which for the last decade of war has not seen that kind of sunni/shia violence. we heard from the spokesman from the afghan interior ministry, the suicide bomber's bodcy has given little evidence to track origins. they believe the taliban was responsible for this despite the denial. >> you see the sunnis make up 80% of the population, shiites 20%. do the authorities think this is going to work? that it's going to whip up this sectarian violence in that country? >> reporter: i think it's almost too terrible to contemplate but to be honest not really
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historically something that has precedent here. most afghans view themselves as past tour if they are in the south. the his bar ra being a minority, the sunni shia divide hasn't taken much of a role in the 30 years. people are concerned this could turn into something deeply unpleasant but potentially having a realty check that it may not overnight change the nature of the insurgency here. >> thanks, nick. he's a reality tv star, donald trump having a direct impact on the presidential race even though he's not a candidate. carol costello is joining us from new york with today's talk back question. carol, you know, i mean from day one, he was getting a lot of attention and still part of the mix. >> he certainly is part of the mix. mr. trump, the donald reality show star, rich real estate guy,
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republican king maker or so it seems. newt gingrich in an effort to cement his lead had a pow wow with trump like romney and cain before him. >> donald trump is a great showman and also a great businessman. if we're trying to figure out how to create jobs, one of the differences between my party and the other party is we actually go to people who know how to create jobs to figure out how to create jobs. >> but trump creates buzz too. back when he was testing the presidential waters himself, trump turned birther, inty mated president obama was not american-born and wasn't so smart either. >> the word is according to what i've read that he was a terrible student when he went to ox dental. he then gets to columbia and harvard. i heard he wasn't a good student and gets to harvard. how do you get into harvard if you're not a good student? >> thanks to mr. trump, mr. obama did become the first
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president in american history to show the nation his birth certificate. later this month, trump is set to moderate a news max eye on tv sponsored debate and that has some republicans eye rate. ary fleischer says it's a joke. >> it should be about things that are serious, should not gravitate to the most entertainment level and that's what it will be if you put a showman like donald trump as a moderator. >> why do some republicans feel the need to kiss donald trump's ring? facebook.com/carolcnn. i'll read your comments later this hour. >> we're just getting some information, wolf blitzer will be interviewing newt gingrich tomorrow in the situation room, one on one with newt gingrich and wolf blitzer. don't want to miss that one. here's a rundown of the stories we're covering this hour.
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first an update on the drum major who died after an alleged hazing. his parents are now speaking out to cnn. >> whatever it takes to clean up, whether it's from the top to the bottom, clean house. >> then the occupy movement is expanding now into new territory. it's called occupying foreclosed homes. plus, the surprising but happy ending after a car plows into a restaurant in san diego. and a face to remember, this high school student just designed a revolutionary treatment for cancer, pretty cool. we'll introduce you to her. images of nature's raw power caught on camera. i'll show you the best pictures of the year. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 let's talk about fees. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 there are atm fees. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 account service fees. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 and the most dreaded fees of all, hidden fees. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 at charles schwab, you won't pay fees on top of fees.
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now the latest on the suspected hazing death. students took part in a mandatory forum following the death of drum major robert champion. the university has now dismissed four students. but officials have not explained how they might be connected to champion's dj. student leaders are calling on all students, sign an agreement saying that you're not going to take part in hazing. >> i want you to listen and feel these are live bodies and real people, these are your sisters and brothers. these of your fellow -- and we represent not only the faculty staff and students of today, but we also represent those of yesterday and tomorrow. we must always keep in mind our mantra of excellence with caring and a place that cares for each and every part of our family,
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hazing in any form is not exemplary behavior of people that care about this family. >> robert champion's parents are still in shock. the sudden and senseless loss of their own son. jason carroll sat down and talked to them. >> reporter: robert champion was living his dream, that started when he was 5 years old being a drum major. the parents say the last time they spoke to him was just before thanksgiving. >> we talked to him and he was saying how he couldn't wait to come home. >> reporter: robert champion was a member of florida a and m university's the marching 100. on november 19th after champion performed at the football game in orlando, his parents got another call, this time from his sister. >> she called us and said someone had called her and saying that robert have problems
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breathing. and i think one of the band members say, he wasn't breathing. >> when you get that kind of news, you think, not my robert. maybe they made a mistake. so i guess i kind of still had that in my mind that it wasn't my son, you know. this is a bad joke, you know. >> bad dream. >> reporter: but this was all too real. listen to the 911 call made by a band member. >> are you with the person right now? >> well, i'm outside the bus so i can hear you. >> so he's inside the bus? >> yes, he's inside the bus. >> how old is he? >> he's 25. >> okay, is he awake? >> he wasn't responding. we thought he was breathing because he was making noises but i don't know if he's breathing now. >> is he awake? >> his eyes are open,ize not
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responding. >> but is he breathing? >> i have no idea. i cannot tell you that. >> the 911 call too painful for his parents to hear, wasn't until robert's body was brought home to atlanta that the shock of his death really began to register. >> before the -- you kind of looked like it that he was still at school and hadn't come home. but to have him come home that way, that's the hardest thing for anybody. >> by why did he die? investigators expect hazing, band members we spoke to say it may have been the result of a rite of passage called crossing bus c. that is the bus he was on after the game. one band member told me what happens. >> you have to walk from the front to the back of the bus backwards while the bus is full with other band members and you get beat until you get to the
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back. >> and the point of it is what? >> for respect. >> reporter: it can involve something referred to as thunder and lightning. >> thunder and lightning. what's that? >> thunder is when you get a straight hit to the chest. and lightning is when you get kind of like a slap to the shoulders. >> reporter: he says he himself has never been hazed but the beatings usually happen for one of two reasons, a mistake during a performance or as a way for the band member to gain respect. in some ways the marching 100 is bigger than the games where they play. they are high stepping choergrapher ended them a worldwide representation, performing at super bowls and the president's inauguration. allegations of hazing followed the band for years. back in 2001, a student was paddled so badly, he had to be hospitalized for kidney fuel you're. weeks before champion's death, the band's director had to
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suspend 26 of the band members for hazing. white says he tried for years to end the practice but says no one listened. the university fired white following champion's death and suspended band performances indefinitely. the school's president, james amon spoke at champion's funeral and vowed his death would not be in vein. he declined repeated requests to be interviews. champion's parents say the school must be held accountable. >> whatever it takes to clean up, from the top to bottom, clean house. >> reporter: they say justice will come, but healing will take much longer. >> the thing is is that i'm going to miss his smile, his big hugs. there's nothing in the world that can prepare you for that. nothing. gosh i'm crying. nothing can prepare you for that, nothing.
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>> jason carroll, cnn, tallahassee, florida. three people were injured when a car slammed into a san diego area restaurant. before we show you the pictures, police say they are all okay, all three of them. but this is what it looks like here. it is remarkable after the injuries weren't more serious, at least two of these people were hit head on on friday. the driver was pretty shaken up and accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake. to suburban denver, where a buddhist temple was destroyed in a massive fire. at one point the firefighters ripped down walls and trying to get the gold and bronze statues in danger of burning. in southern ohio, two teens had to climb on the roof of their jeep when they got trap d in this raging flood. they called 911 and rescuers
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2011, amazing weather news, hurricane irene, you had the devastating tornado in joplin, missouri. you had all of these powerful stories as well as powerful images. chad, you've got the most impressive pictures. it was really kind of an unusual and dramatic sometimes tragic situation that happened this year. but the weather was just extraordinary. >> in fact, it was so
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extraordinary we're going to do a one-hour special at the end of the year wrapping up how many billions of dollars literally it cost the u.s., whether it was crop damage in texas, the joplin, take a look at this. i just find this picture so extraordinary. this is the haboob, the dust storm that moved through the desert southwest. people crashed and couldn't see. driving through this and breathing this into your lungs. now into thailand, probably an undercovered story, covered widely on cnn international. the thailand flooding created huge problems for the people where the cities are just inundated with water right now, they can't produce goods or go to stores. joplin tornado. i want to show you the before and after. it's the same street. a street on top, joplin,
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missouri, homes, lovely garden community, big trees and shade trees. the picture down below taken from about 20 feet in front of where the picture on top was taken, just tremendous damage, nothing left. that's what an f-5 tornado will do. we're also talking tuscaloosa and those other tornadoes. i reen, we knew it wasn't going to be a big wind maker and it made a flood from new hampshire and vermont and pennsylvania. vermont was a big story for north carolina. this is coastal north carolina there was a home, cottage built in 1903. survived every other storm so far. there are the owners sitting on the steps of what was their cottage on the sound there in north carolina. damage there, even took out the land mass, some of the island doesn't exist anymore. >> why was it such a crazy year? do you know? >> there's no way to know. it's not a random event. the earth is getting more
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violent. with the warmth of the global warming event, just you're going to get more humidity in the air and get more of a bomb effect. you can get more humidity in the air, that makes more potential energy and that potential energy is coming in the way of severe weather. >> thank you, chad. i want our viewers to know, these pictures are extraordinary, 2011 is winding down. we'll bring you more of this year's most striking images and they are truly striking, sometimes devastating. thank you. the occupy wall street movement is taking a provocative new stance and illegal. they are squatting in foreclosed homes now across the country. the occupy our homes movement is up next. for her sophomore year ♪ ♪ co-signed her credit card - "buy books, not beer!" ♪ ♪ but the second that she shut the door ♪ ♪ girl started blowing up their credit score ♪ ♪ she bought a pizza party for the whole dorm floor ♪ ♪ hundred pounds of makeup at the makeup store ♪ ♪ and a ticket down to spring break in mexico ♪
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the next hour or so to talk about the gap between the rich and the poor and also ways to deal with the economy, making sure that tax cuts are extended for the middle class. and trying to make sure that congress works with the administration in meeting a deadline less than two weeks away to make sure that some of these most troubling economic problems actually have some sort of resolution or at least a plan for congress to deal with the economic crisis. we're going to bring you the speech, live at 2:00 p.m. eastern, that also in the cnn newsroom. up next, new mission for members of the occupy movement. we're talking about occupying foreclosed homes. then i'm going to take a look at the big picture behind occupy's new strategy. and later, most teens still dreaming about the prom maybe. this young woman just designed
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what is being called the swiss army knife of cancer treatments. that's pretty bad. we're going to meet her in california. the occupy wall street movement now taking a bold new direction after being thrown out of the city parks. you remember those pictures. you saw how this unfolded. now they are occupying foreclosed homes. that's right. the protesters are now squatting in homes, foreclosed on by the banks. and the protests are happening 25 cities across the country today. we're talking about los angeles to chicago to new york city. the protesters, they call today's action, occupy our homes. and they say they want to stop or reverse this record, right, we're talking 3.8 million home foreclosures in our country. joining us from washington is the co-founder of the group take back the land and katherine len onnen she is joining us via
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skype from her foreclosed home in new york. she was evicted after the bank foreclosed but she joins the protesters in taking back her foreclosed homes. thank you both of you for joining us to help us understand what's taking place. max, what is the goal here of squatting in these homes? >> first of all, let me clarify ththe's a distinction between occupy wall street, which we're not representatives, we don't speak for and take back the land. and even occupy our homes, where occupy wall street and a lot of occupy is a part of it. the real objective here is to make sure that human beings have housing. we've seen over the past few years that the government has made sure that banks were able to get large numbers of houses on their books and facilitated that process. we think that housing however belongs to human beings. on the take back the land side, we're trying to do what these actions is to elevate housing to the level of the human right.
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and to secure community control over land. >> to be clear here, you do support, right, occupy wall street folks taking back the homes and occupying the homes? >> we're big supporters and have been to several of the local occupy actions, including occupy wall street. >> let's go to katherine here. your story is unique. what -- you are in your home, right, in a foreclosed home? >> yes, i am. >> how did this happen? >> well, actually i reclaimed my home back in may, mother's day, may of this year. and how it happened is because the banks got bailed out and i got put out of my home. and i had so much help and so much you know, through take back the land is one of the main sources of my being with the
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knowledge that i was not -- >> katherine, you've moved back into your home now and are you worried about being arrested. it is illegal you are now back in your home. >> i'm not -- no, i'm actually right now it's not a fact of illegal, i think it's criminal for what the banks have done. and i'm not scared. i have a team of lawyers that's very well helping me so i feel like it's -- i'm here and i'm back in my home. this has gone all the way to the supreme court. i'm not illegally in my home. a supreme court judge mandated me to be in my home right now as i'm speaking to you right now. >> katherine, are you -- how are you living? do you have utilities? are you living as you had done before, before you were kicked out of your home? >> well, yeah, i'm living -- no, i'm not living like i was before i got put out of my home. i've gotten all of my furniture.
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this is stuff that i don't have anything, much of anything. they took my stuff and throwed it like they wanted to. by the grace of god, i do have -- i have favor because of the gas and electric or whatever may be, that was all -- that was another story as far as gas and electric goes also. >> we'll get back to katherine. let's bring max back in here quickly. folks are wondering what this is going to accomplish. obviously it brings attention to the cause here but there are some people who believe it is illegal. it's not right if the banks own the property or if people don't take care of these homes that they are squatting in, it's going to make it harder for working families who want to buy and live in a home to be able to do that. >> well, it's true that it is not legal. that's not even something up to
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debate. what we are doing is illegal but that's exactly the point. what we're dpoig is illegal but what the banks are doing and government is doing is immoral and we think it is immoral -- morally indefensible to have vacant homes on one side of the street and people with nowhere to live on the other. it seems like instead of going through all of this effort for both political parties to protect banks, both political parties should be focusing on protecting human beings. that's what we're trying to do. i think it will accomplish things orn two levels, for things like katherine and bobby and martha bigs, they are getting a place to live where normally the market is not taking care of them. they are getting a place to live. in a bigger picture, i think what we're doing, we're challenging the idea that spaces can remain, living spaces can remain empty while human beings live on the street. >> max and katherine, thank you so much for sharing your story
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occupy wall street movement is now expanding its reach today. marching to washington to occupy congress and also squatting on for closed homes across the country. what does it all mean for the future of the movement that is trying to draw attention to economic inequality? joining us from los angeles is van jones, president obama's green jobs adviser back in 2009. he's currently the president of rebuild the dream, a group that is working to restore some good
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jobs, economic opportunities across the country. van, you and i have talked many times before about the occupy wall street movement. and i get it here, this is a new tactic we're going to go from pictures of police arresting, moving the protesters out of the public parks to these pictures of police moving people out of these empty houses. so we got the visual here. what does it accomplish, however, for the movement, besides seeing poj confrontation? >> well, first of all, i don't speak for occupy wall street. i'm happy to speak up for occupy wall street. i think it's more serious than that. the movement is going from fighting to defend the right of a few thousand protesters who sleep outdoors to fighting for the bigger right for millions of people to sleep indoors. people have said, they are going too far and bending the rules or breaking rules. i think the banks have gone too far in breaking rules. >> do we make sure this is not more than a show?
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how do you translate this into something substantial that will change? >> think about this from the point of view of history. when the young people sat in during the 1960s they were breaking rules but called attention to a bigger injustice. that's what these protesters are doing. they are calling attention -- i am much more concerned -- much less concerned about a few protesters helping people back into empty homes. i'm concerned about the fact that the banks have been throwing millions out of home and i think society has not paid attention. there is so much pain out there. one of things i don't think has come through yet is the heartbreaking stories of these folks. it's all over youtube, this veteran went through everything trying to modify his home, he went through the program. hundreds of pages of paper stayed on hold for hours and the sheriff still knocked on his door. there is no relief. and i think that ordinary people are looking around saying the banks got bailed out, we were good to them but the same banks are being so mean to other people. it's a wake-up call for the
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media and politicians to figure out, hey, how can we actually make a difference to deal with what is a crisis level of foreclosure and still no discussion. >> i'm understanding and hear your point. again, how do you take this, people are in the homes and kicked out of the homes. how do you take it to the next level? you raise attention. how do you get some action here? >> first of all, i think that the congress and white house put forward a home loan modification program that did not work. it is a disaster. congress needs to take another look at this. we are three years into this crisis, the protesters shouldn't be asked to do a loan modification program but the media should tell the stories of people losing their homes. these are heartbreaking stories, unopposed demolition of middle class families by banks bailed out by american taxpayers is breaking people's hearts across the country. the media should tell the individual stories of folks and
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veterans and others suffering. they need to look at the home loan modification program, you have people willing to say something but nowhere will work with them. just like in the '60s when the young people did sit-ins, this is not fun and games, these are people who have been left out, being thrown out and finally somebody is doing something about it. i think it's up to us to step forward with comprehensive solutions. van jones, thank you very much. appreciate your perspective as always. it is being called the swiss army knife of cancer treatment. so amazing, right? didn't even come from a world e renonr reknor renoned doctor or scientist. first, some free money advice from the money desk.
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joining me this hour, jeff ot ter, of money watch.com and don donna row sat to. she was married for ten years and wants to know if she re m remarries if she loses the rights of benefits. >> she will not lose her rights but she can't remarry until after age 60. they might want to have a long engagement. if you're divorced you have to be married at least ten years to collect, but that's not true of a widow. the one other thing to keep in mind, whoever she marries check out how much social security that person may get and see which one might be higher. >> good advice. jack, your question comes from min in california. are there any tax advantages to investing my 401(k)'s
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contribution in my own company's stock? >> there's no financial advantage but anything within a 401(k) is all taxed the same as ordinary income when you take it out. the problem in investing in company stock, your financial present and future is hitcheded to your company. i know everyone thinks their company is great and there will be no problems. but there could be a stumble down the road and you could lose your job and if your retirement savings are invested, you could lose your job and retirement savings, no more than 5% in company stock. the answer to that question carefully, i would say no, diversify, your fortunes are already -- >> send us an e-mail any time to cnn help desk at cnn.com. this is $100,000.
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kupertino, california. tell us how this came about. >> reporter: we're here with one of the most extraordinary teenagers on the planet, angela zhang and we're joined by her principal. angela, congratulations for winning this competition. pleasure to see you. explain how this new treatment works. you're able to device a new way of targeting cancer. >> it's kind of like the swiss army knife of cancer treatment in which you could possibly detect cancer cells and eradicate and monitor the response. main goals is to personalize cancer medicine. >> reporter: you're only 17 years old. where did this inspiration come from? reading articles and attending journal club meetings and going to seminars. the research that's going on is
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so inspiring, i like to say it's beyond science fiction. >> reporter: how much time did you spend on this and when might we see this actually work on real patients? >> i spent afternoons of schools during the weekdays and then also on weekends. in terms of when this will be applicable in humans, clinical trials take 10 to 15 years so let's say 20 years to be safe. >> reporter: this is a ways down the road. can you talk to me about what it was like, what it's been like living here and how that played a role in what you do? >> definitely living in silicon valley, mainly because of the people here and how interested they are in science, like as a fifth grader if i went to school and said why is the sky blue, i could find someone to talk to about it and go home and look up the answers with me on google or something. >> april scott is her principal.
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it goes without saying she's absolutely extraordinary. talk about how special she is. >> she is a phenomenal student. this personal drive of hers was not for external recognition or to flaunt it. it came so internal and so passionate about it because of the internal drive. we are also in awe of just how she is able to articulate such a complex issue in every day terms so that people like me can understand what she's doing. >> reporter: thank you to both. angela, congratulations, she got $100,000 scholarship and she's applied to the top schools, harvard and m.i.t. and suzanne, something tells me i'm not sure she needs to spend an application. they'll want her on campus next fall. >> congratulations to her. which hash tag was tops in 2011?
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how savvy are you with social media? we asked if you knew what twitter's top hash tag was for the year, egypt, tigerblood or threewordstoliveby. the answer mainly because of protests in tahrir square, hash tag egypt. >> we're getting a lot of responses to the talk back question. seem everybody has got an opinion on the donald, right, carol? >> they certainly do.
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today's question, suzanne, why do some republican candidates kiss donald trump's ring. this is the ee pit mee of what's wrong with this country. trump is moderating, it's not a game show. i wonder how many jobs mr. trump has generated and how many buildings he's bit. look at what this man has accomplished. i'd kiss his ring too. this from francis, they believe kissing the king can get elected. it's amusing to see them stoop this low because donald trump doesn't lend any legitimacy to them. trump has the blitz and bling he's republican candidates don't have. that attracts attention, the good and bad and ugly. keep the conversation going. facebook.com/carolcnn. as always, i appreciate your comments. a ban on killing horses for their meat is about to be lifted. we're going to tell you what led to the change. [ nadine ] buzzzz, bzzzz, bzzzz, bzzzz,
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like a horse like this because he is so massive and he just has so much flesh on him. >> reporter: heyjack runs the horse rescue facility in maryland and made it her business to rescue horses at auction before being sent to slaughter. >> we outbid the meat man by 1 cent more per pound. >> reporter: congress has just lifted a defaekt toe 5-year-old ban for slaughtering horses in the u.s., allowing inspection of horses to be killed for meat. in 2006, more than 100,000 horses were slaughtered. most of the meat sent overseas. slaughterhouses will be legally butchering horses again. the humane society vows to fight the process saying americans don't eat horses and don't want them inhumanely killed or sent to japan or belgium for a high prized appetizer. >> reporter: this is winky, found wondering around in the wild of southern ohio. the owners believe she was
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rejected by a broker because she had an illness that caused her to lose her left eye. that situation is why some who favor slaughterhouses say they should be brought back into business. those activists say the ban on slaughter forced many owners who couldn't afford to keep the horses to set them free. >> they are being turned out on roads being hit by cars or being turned in the desert where they don't know how to survive and wind up starving to death or being pulled down by predators while they are still alive. >> reporter: proslaughter activists says it forced them to send horses to mexico where horses are killed brutally and slowly, not as humane as the captive bolt method which first renders the horse on conscious. >> i don't feel a horse should be punished with the human irresponsibility of overbreeding, poor ownership or bad circumstances by paying with their life for our m

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